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Harvest Festival (MD)

  • Agricultural History Farm Park 18400 Muncaster Road Derwood, MD, 20855 United States (map)

Come to the Agricultural History Farm Park to learn how Montgomery County’s farms and communities worked together to support the war effort during World War I at this year’s Harvest Festival.

Interact with living historians in historic costumes; participate in hands-on farm skills activities such as tin-smithing, making apple butter; paint pumpkins and build scarecrows; enjoy traditional music and dancing; experience farm equipment exhibitions and demonstrations; meet heritage farm animals; and partake of food, crafters, hayrides, and tours of the historic Magruder-Bussard Farmstead.

Silhouettes:
Silhouette portraiture will be demonstrated all day, centering on the era of World War I but also describing the history of silhouettes until that era. Why were Harvest Festivals so important for silhouettes? For a small fee, take home your own internationally-renown-artisan-made silhouette portraits of your family members and loved ones. Perfect for holiday gifting or keeping for yourself.

Enjoy some down-home fun on the farm with historic-style crafts, activities, music, and food. Montgomery Parks’ Agricultural History Farm Park is situated on 455 acres of land in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and serves as a historic farm site as well as a modern farming activity center.

Harvest Festival activities Include:

  • Hayrides
  • Live farm animals
  • Scarecrow making
  • Corn maze
  • Farmhouse tours
  • Antique farm equipment
  • Working farm animal demonstrations
  • Archaeology dig
  • Garden tours